By Roger Owen

Palestinian background differs markedly from that of alternative components of the area, inflicting many to regard it as a specific thing aside, with its personal distinctive common sense requiring its personal mode of analy­sis; participants to this anthology, even though, “believe that Palestinian buildings and pro­cesses might be analyzed satisfactorily with assistance from thoughts and techniques utilized in the social sciences whereas, even as, giving due weight to their particular features,” ac­cording to Roger Owen, editor.


The e-book comprises 4 reports of eco­nomic and social historical past plus an advent by means of Roger Owen. different authors and articles are Alexander Schöch, “European Penetra­tion and the industrial improvement of Pal­estine, 1856–1882”; Sarah Graham-Brown, “The Political financial system of the Jabal Nablus 1929–1948”; Salim Tamari, “Factionalism and sophistication Formation in contemporary Palestinian His­tory”; and Avi Plascov, “Jordan’s Border In­habitants: The Forsaken Palestinians?”

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Before bursting at the seams in the 1870s/29 the town, rising in European Penetration, 1856-82 39 terraces from the sea, was enclosed by a wall with only one gate and a ditch, and crowned by a citadel. All around was a belt of gardens several kilometres wide, causing European travellers who passed through it to feel as though they had entered the Garden of Eden. 130 But soon the fortifications reconstructed under Abu Nabbut (180718) had to give way before the steady expansion of the town, until the walls had been completely pulled down and the ditch filled in.

A register from the second decade of this century listed 144 large landed proprietors in Palestine owning 3 130 000 dunums, or an average of 22 000 dunums each. 43 But for the period we are concerned with, no such figures exist. The best that can be done is to deal in detail with two large landowners who came to prominence in the 1870s. In 1869, the Ottoman government sold the land of 17 villages in the Marj Ibn 'Amir, including Nazareth, to the Beiruti businessmen Habib Bustros, Niqula Sursuq, Tuwaini and Farah.

75 Only a European Penetration, 1856-82 31 minority, at least among the Jewish artisans, was able to prosper. Many skilled Ashkenazi craftsmen were unable to support their families and were forced to emigrate to Egypt to practise their trade. 76 Jewish merchants and retailers were generally better off. According to Luncz, the Sephardim largely controlled the trade in cotton manufactures as they were familiar with the language and manners of the country. They obtained their goods mainly from Istanbul, Alexandria, Beirut and other ports of the Ottoman Empire and only a few European and Muslim merchants who dealt in those fabrics which were favoured by the local population were able to compete with them.

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